Natural Selection Simulation Using Utensils – submitted by David Tillmann and David Boshra

The following link provides a classroom activity that illustrates how a population can change to adapt to a changing food source. Students use utensils such as clothespins to model how animals obtain food.  A variation of this activity was shared by David and David with their  colleagues at UofT Faculty of Education. Continue reading

One million species facing extinction, posing a risk to human well-being: UN report – The Globe and Mail

The landmark assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services says that nature and the benefits it provides are in unprecedented decline and can be reversed, but only with a co-ordinated international effort

Source: One million species facing extinction, posing a risk to human well-being: UN report – The Globe and Mail

Isn’t this Octopus Adorabilis?

This video is part of Science Friday’s #CephalopodWeek 2015! Join the cephaloparty starting Friday, June 19th. http://cephalopodweek.tumblr.com

What do you call an tiny octopus with big eyes, gelatinous skin and is cute as a button? Nobody knows quite yet! Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute aims to classify and name this presently undescribed deep-sea cephalopod using preserved specimens and a clutch of eggs hatch housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

**DISCLAIMER** from Dr. Stephanie Bush: The Opisthoteuthis eggs depicted in this video are preserved specimens, not the eggs laid at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (which are still being lovingly incubated at MBARI’s Cold Storage Facility!)